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->''"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."''

'''Robin [=McLaurin=] Williams''' (July 21, 1951 -- August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Although he studied drama at Julliard (where his roommate was the late Creator/ChristopherReeve), Robin's preferred stage was to be found in standup comedy clubs. There he was discovered (several times) by TV producers and agents. Technically first appearing on TV in a failed revival of ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' and ''[[Creator/RichardPryor The Richard Pryor Show]]'', Robin rose to fame as the zany alien star of ''Series/MorkAndMindy''. In that series, his [[RapidFireComedy comedic brilliance at improvisation]] was so irresistible, the writers decided to bank time in the scripts for [[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny Robin to cut loose]]. During this time he struggled through addictions to cocaine and alcohol, and made his first major movie, ''Film/{{Popeye}}'', in 1980 -- which proved to be a TroubledProduction and a box-office disappointment. (His first film was actually a sketch movie called ''Can I Do It Till I Need Glasses''. His scenes were cut out after the film's first release but restored for re-release just before ''Popeye'' came out.)

After ''Mork and Mindy'' was cancelled, Robin still struggled on the big screen, through ''Film/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'', ''Film/MoscowOnTheHudson'', and the ''very'' poorly received ''Club Paradise''. It wasn't until ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam'' that people started taking this comic seriously, and he got his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He was nominated again for ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' two years later, and yet again for ''Film/TheFisherKing'' two years after that. He didn't win either time. He continued to churn out classic roles, like the Genie in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' (which helped establish the CelebrityVoiceActor as the "star" of an animated film) and the title role in ''Film/MrsDoubtfire''. In 1996, he starred in the Creator/FrancisFordCoppola dramedy ''Film/{{Jack}}'' and starred alongside Nathan Lane in the hit comedy ''Film/TheBirdcage''. In 1997, he finally won his rightfully-deserved Oscar for ''Film/GoodWillHunting''. After that, he went through a period of overly-maudlin films such as ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'', ''Film/PatchAdams'', and ''Film/BicentennialMan''.

When these films became critical failures (and even gave him a disturbingly sizable {{Hatedom}}), he went into another period in 2002, one no one would have expected: his dark period. ''Film/DeathToSmoochy'', ''Film/{{Insomnia}}'', and ''Film/OneHourPhoto'' established that he wasn't always so cute and cuddly, and all but ''Smoochy'' got rave reviews. Although he returned to the stand-up stage that same year, he continued to make films of all sorts of genres. Dramas like ''House of D'', comedies like ''RV'', and animated family films like ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet'' prove that he could somehow still make terrible movies worse and good movies amazing.

His hobbies included bike riding, ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', GettingCrapPastTheRadar in television shows and family movies, and [[LampshadeHanging hanging a lampshade]] on just about everything in RealLife. Fan of the San Francisco Giants. [[IconicOutfit Known to wear suspenders and loud Hawaiian shirts]], but rarely both at the same time, [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v482/80sFreakLurker/Others/833a.jpg although it did happen.]]

He was also OneOfUs. His daughter's name is Zelda (and guess what: they made an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bINUfbLV_0M&feature=player_embedded ad]] out of it for the Nintendo3DS remake of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''). His favorite TV show of all time was ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. He played ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. He'd also gone on record saying that if they ever make a LiveActionAdaptation of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', he wanted to play [[TheProfessor Professor]] [[CoolOldGuy Oak]]. Had mentioned playing a sniper in the ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' series of {{FPS}} and was picked to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5TXEUiR1Xk demo]] ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}''.

Often dubbed by Creator/KoichiYamadera for Japanese releases of his films.

Williams was an Episcopalian, and was apparently the original author of a the tongue-in-cheek list of [[http://www.liturgy.co.nz/humour/list.html "Top Ten Reasons to be Episcopalian/Anglican".]]

Tragically, he [[http://time.com/3104190/robin-williams-suicide-hanging/ killed himself]] at the age of 63 on August 11, 2014, after [[https://twitter.com/daniellenuss/status/498964859686764544 having battled severe depression]], finding out he was in [[http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-robin-williams-wife-parkinsons-20140814-story.html the early stages of Parkinson's disease]], and also trying to "fine-tune" his sobriety after working a later and more intense schedule than normal. [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/jaimieetkin/hollywood-remembers-robin-williams Tributes to his memory poured in from all across the world]].

Not to be confused with English singer-songwriter Music/RobbieWilliams, or [[NamesTheSame that chick who writes the computer books]], or [[NamesTheSame the American folk singer-songwriter who tours with his wife as Robin and Linda Williams and appears on]] ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'', Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, or the animator Creator/RichardWilliams. Also not the lead singer of Music/{{U2}}, [[CelebrityResemblance despite the oft-noted resemblance]].

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!!Tropes and trivia related to his career:

* AccidentallyAccurate: Crosses over with HilariousInHindsight. In ''Weapons of Self Destruction'', Williams joked that, instead of a German pope like Benedict XVI, there would be a Latin American pope (like "Pope Enrique"). Four years later, Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina would become Pope Francis.
* BeardOfSorrow: He typically grew a beard for his dramatic roles.
* BlitheSpirit: A common trait among his characters.
* ButtMonkey: He seemed to play either this or [[PlayingAgainstType the villain]] in his later films.
* CarpetOfVirility: One of the most luxuriant in Hollywood, visible as many of his films have a ShirtlessScene.
** Notably absent from his Peter Pan scenes in ''Film/{{Hook}}'', though. One hell of a wax job that must've been.
* CentralTheme: A lot of his movies are tied to childhood and growing up.
* CloudCuckooLander: One of two driving forces behind his comic ingenue, the other of course being a LargeHam.
* ClusterFBomb: His stand-up routines were ''very'' salty.
** One side-splitting EasterEgg on his ''Live from Broadway'' DVD was a rapid-fire montage of all the cuss words he used in the routine.[[note]]To find it, scroll all the way down through the menu screen then hit the right arrow button at the last option (or click [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqS_g2RYrFE here)]]; if a Parental Advisory symbol comes up, have fun.[[/note]]
** In one routine, he notes that the parents in his audience apparently ignored the "18 and up" label on the performance flyers. "Kids, you're going to learn some new words today!"
* DirtyOldMan: Often referenced sex and porn in his stand-up routines. The final stretch of his last televised special, 2009's ''Weapons of Self Destruction'', has him imagining what porno versions of some of his own movies would be like!
* DrugsAreBad: A staple of his later stand-up shows, often drawing from his own experiences (particularly involving cocaine and alcohol). One exception seems to be marijuana: while he brutally mocked stoners in 1986's ''Live At The Met'', in ''Live On Broadway'' and ''Weapons of Self Destruction'' he was more favorable towards pot (one routine in ''Broadway'' is about how pot is less harmful than alcohol). One of his one-liners in particular stands out:
-->Cocaine is God's way of telling you that you're making too much money.
* GallowsHumor: He knew the power of comedy to alleviate sorrow very well, which is why he was always trying to get a laugh from people. A story goes that he went to visit Creator/ChristopherReeve after his accident, and came into the hospital room with a lab coat and talking in a thick German accent, later said to be the first time Reeve smiled after the accident. When Robin died, the knowledge that he was fighting demons gave the world a lot more awareness of this trope.
* TheGenieKnowsJackNicholson: The TropeNamer. Williams' off-script riffing meant several of his kid-oriented roles were rife with references only the older viewers would get; hence, the trope references his Creator/JackNicholson bit in ''Film/{{Aladdin}}''.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Several of the movies and television shows he was cast in had scripts that said stuff like "Robin can go off here" at numerous intervals. In particular, ''Aladdin'' had numerous outtakes of extra footage where the animators let him ramble on unscripted so they could later cull the best bits to animate for the film.
* HiddenDepths: Everybody knows of his comedic and dramatic skills, but he also can sing and his first recorded stand up event in San Fran ends in a song, he also sang in Aladdin.
* HeyItsThatGuy: He guest starred on a particularly memorable episode of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''
* ICallHimMisterHappy: TropeNamer!
* {{Improv}}: Billy Crystal said that you couldn't take him anywhere because he would riff on ''everything.''
* {{Irony}}: Known as a MotorMouth, he also spent time as a mime.
* IvyLeague: Williams attended Julliard (and roomed with Creator/ChristopherReeve), which he pointed out when asked why he started taking on dramatic roles.
* IWantMyMommy: In his comedy skit "Shakespeare (A Meltdowner's Nightmare)" from ''Reality, What A Concept'', his character (a night watchman at a nuclear power plant) cries out "WHERE IS MY MOTHER?" when he inadvertently creates a chain reaction by pulling the control rods of the reactor core.
* LargeHam: Does this really need justification? We're talking about Robin Freaking Williams here. Perhaps most noticeable when he appeared as the bit character Osric in Kenneth Branagh's ''[[{{Pun}} HAM]][[{{Hamlet}} let]]''.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Williams was known for his wide range of voices, as demonstrated in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' and ''Film/MrsDoubtfire''.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Whenever he starred in a {{dramedy}}, you can bet the trailers would play up his comedic scenes.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: This guy went to Juliard and you would NOT know that from one of his standups/routines (though he would occasionally reference it).
* OneOfUs: The presence of a ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' action figure in ''Film/OneHourPhoto'' was his idea. He was an avid anime fan. His daughter is named Zelda, after the [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Nintendo Princess]]. He also once joked that he could barely use a computer but he figured out how to play video games.
* ParodyReligion: His comedy album ''Reality, What A Concept'' has a segment where he plays the character [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Reverend Earnest Angry]], imitating popular televangelists of the day and promoting the religion of Comedy.
* PlayingWithCharacterType: ''Film/OneHourPhoto'' subverted his cheery, friendly persona to disturbing effect.
* PromotedFanboy: Williams was a fan of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' video games and even [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous named his oldest daughter Zelda]]. He and his daughter were both later given the opportunity to star in the commercials for ''Ocarina of Time 3DS'' and ''Skyward Sword'' for Western releases, and Zelda herself was invited to the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' Invitational Tournament at E3 in 2014. Creator/{{Nintendo}} had also told him he would be their only choice to play Professor Oak if a live-action ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' movie were ever made.
* RapidFireComedy: He was one of the recognized masters of this style of stand-up, and most of it was improvisation, too.
* SadClown: He tried his hardest to present himself as an extroverted, outgoing man who brought joy to millions, but struggled with depression, drug & alcohol abuse and Parkinson's.
* SelfDeprecation: Did this a lot in his stand-up and interviews. One bit from TheEighties had him imagining an argument with his future son.
-->'''Robin:''' What, ''Film/{{Popeye}}'' wasn't good enough for you?
-->'''Son:''' ''Popeye'' wasn't good for anyone! Who are you kidding?
* SesameStreetCred: Along with his appearances on the trope-naming show, he did plenty of family-friendly roles and works alongside the more adult ones, particularly in TheNineties.
* ThrowItIn: Known for fighting with directors over how far he can vary from the script. Often it came down to "One good take done straight, then you can have fun."
* TomHanksSyndrome: [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]] -- he showed in later years that he could definitely carry serious drama, but comedy was still what he was most famous for, and he still did comedy flicks regularly up until he died. Even his posthumous releases are a mixture of comedy roles and dramas.
* {{Troll}}: ''Oh hell yes''. From messing around with the cameramen on the set of Johnny Carson's ''Tonight Show'', to buying Creastor/ConanOBrien a bicycle, ''bright green and orange with shamrocks on it'', just so Conan would look silly riding it.
** There are legends that speak of his time on ''Series/MorkAndMindy'', of goading costar Pam Dawber into {{Corpsing}} and, [[TropeMaker of course,]] GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
-->'''Robin:''' They finally had to get a Vietnamese censor who spoke yiddish, 'cause the other censors are just going "I dunno what he's saying! He's saying things that are obscene I just don't know what they are!"
* TrueCompanions: He and Creator/ChristopherReeve had a very close relationship starting from when they were at Julliard together. While there, they promised each other that whoever made it first would take care of the other. When Reeve had his accident and was about to have a risky surgery that could have killed him, Williams burst into his room pretending to be a Russian doctor and made Reeve laugh for the first time since becoming paralyzed, which made Reeve realize that he still had the will to live. Williams was a constant supporter of Reeve, even helping to cover his friend's medical costs, and after both Reeve and Reeve's wife passed away, swore that he would take care of their now-orphaned son.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** He was reported to have auditioned for the role of Gendo Ikari in the ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies.
** He was in line to play the [[StarfishAliens Vortigaunts]] in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''.
** He had expressed interest in playing the Riddler in ''Film/BatmanForever'' and was a fan favorite to do so, until Joel Schumacher took over the project and reworked the concept.
** He was supposed to play "Dr." Berlinghoff Rasmussen in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "A Matter of Time", but he was busy working on ''Film/{{Hook}}'' at the time.
** There were plans to do an actual ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' sequel before his death nixed it.
** Before Creator/JKRowling insisted on a completely British cast, Williams was considered for the role of Rubeus Hagrid in ''Film/HarryPotter''.
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!!Like any celebrity, Robin has been parodied or caricatured a lot in popular media:

* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
** A "Celebrity Jeopardy" sketch in 2000. Robin is played by Creator/JimmyFallon, who does a pretty good voice impression. (When Williams died, Fallon, who by then was hosting ''Series/TheTonightShow'', did a tribute to him on the show that aired the night after, including excerpts of Williams' first ''Tonight Show'' appearance in TheSeventies.)
** Robin actually engaged in some self-mockery in a 1986 episode he hosted in a sketch where he played himself as an Shakespearean actor who can't stop going into his improvisational routines, enraging Creator/WilliamShakespeare himself. In another skit, Dana Carvey played his hyperactive son years in the future.
** To celebrate the 25th anniversary of ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', there was a sketch of previously unseen "audition tapes" for the film, in which Jon Hamm played Williams, auditioning for the part of Doc Brown.
* Robin popularized the InkSuitActor trope with ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', so when ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' had to suffer through a remake of ''Pinocchio'' with an AllStarCast of such, it was only natural that he be spoofed with the "Beige Fairy". Said Fairy is the Genie in all but name and color, GettingCrapPastTheRadar in the name of ParentalBonus.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'':
** In "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian", in a rather dated reference, [[Film/{{Hook}} Robin as]] PeterPan is seen flying around outside Amblin studios. He says "I can fly. Look ma, no wires!" before crashing into something offscreen.
** A short in "Henny Youngman Day" had Babs going to a local club's Open Mic Night to try to spark a career in RecordedAndStandUpComedy, only to find out that [[LawyerFriendlyCameo the in-world version]] of Robin Williams had stopped in for a surprise engagement. Babs choked out on stage until Robin (who had been told he was the final perfomer of the night) comes back out to give her an assist.
** Robin (the "real" Robin) had a cameo at the very end of "[[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/misfit18.html It's A Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special]]"...still dressed as Peter Pan.
* ''Series/InLivingColor'' featured a 1994 sketch where Creator/JimCarrey played an obnoxious, hyperactive Robin at the Academy Awards. He was seen to make light of the Oscar statuette and the late film producer Irving G. Thalberg and interrupting actors playing Creator/JamesEarlJones and Creator/WhoopiGoldberg (the latter of which grows tried of Robin's annoying antics and beats him about the head with an Oscar). HilariousInHindsight, as this skit aired just after Carrey's own career took off.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The episode "Special Edna" had a brief scene parodying ''DeadPoetsSociety'' with a John Keating lookalike appropriately voiced by Dan Castellaneta, [[ThePoorMansSubstitute who replaced Robin as The Genie]] in ''Return of Jafar'' and the ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' TV series.
** The episode "Mypods and Boomsticks" featured [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} The Genie]] in Homer's dream sequence (voiced by Dan but obviously a caricature of Robin's version). This was mainly a ShoutOut to ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar,'' in which Dan Castellaneta took over the role of the Genie when Williams refused to sign on due to contract violations on Disney's part.
** In one of the comics, the family has just gotten a new satellite dish and is channel surfing with Bart. They come across a show called ''Celebrity Alien Autopsies'' and features, you guessed it, Mork on the autopsy table, wisecracking as usual.
** In one episode, a hole in the ozone layer forces everyone in Springfield to stay indoors. Kent Brockman reports that the only people who're safe enough to go outside without risk of being harmed are extremely hairy people, bringing up Williams as an example.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'': Xandir's genie boyfriend is an obvious parody.
--> "[[LargeHam Hey-hey-hey!]] [[MarxBrothers I'm Groucho Marx!]] [[Series/YouBetYourLife What's the secret word?]] [[{{Popeye}} Now I'm a wacky sailor!]] [[Film/MrsDoubtfire Now I'm a cross-dressing nanny.]] [[PatchAdams And now I'm a wacky doctor who kills cancer with laughter and a big red nose!]] {{Jumanji}}! [[MorkAndMindy Nanu nanu!]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' often mocked him.
** Pre-renewal, "Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story" had a man in the future gets an episode of ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' beamed into his brain, and laughs like a moron.
---> "Ha ha ha! Oh, Mork, that's not how you sit in a chair."
** Not a portrayal, but the episode "Petergeist", the first thing Peter does with the dead Native American skull is use it as a puppet, saying thusly:
---> "Hey, check it out, Chris, it's Robin Williams. 'BlahBlahBlah, black preacher voice. Blah blah blah, gay [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Elmer Fudd]]."
** "[=McStroke=]" showed Peter as Robin's "Jumping off point".
** In "Baby Not On Board", a cutaway shows Robin as Patch Adams, doing his routine. One of the kids in the hospital pulls his IV out to kill himself.
** Stewie outright says he hates Robin Williams in "The Juice Is Loose".
*** As fate would have it, that episode aired as previously scheduled on TBS the night Robin died.
** "You knew it was going to be a touching comedy, because Robin Williams had a beard." - Brian in "Love, Blactually"
** In "Brian's Got A Brand New Bag", ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'' is one of the [=DVDs=] that no one wants to buy.
** In "Family Guy Viewer Mail 2", Peter gains the ability to turn everything and everyone he touches into Robin Williams. HilarityEnsues.
** It is worth noting that in spite of all the parodies and digs at him, [[https://twitter.com/SethMacFarlane/status/499063991617212416 Seth MacFarlane did join in the mourning]].
* Non-parody example: In NBC's MadeForTVMovie ''Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy'', Robin was portrayed by Chris Diamantopoulos, who did an uncanny vocal impersonation.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' has had two sketches with Mork in them. The first is a brief appearance during "[[http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/48339/detail/ Swedish Chef's Jaunt]]" (cute), and the second is in "[[http://robotchicken.wikia.com/wiki/Top_100_Final_Episodes_Ever The Top 100 Final Episodes Ever]]".
* An episode of ''TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob!'' had Eric giving Tim his own Robin Williams (played by professional Robin impersonator David Born), who goes out of control and runs away.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Episode "Bendin' In The Wind'' featured robot Patchcord Adams. Bender wanted to kick his ass.
** The movie ''Bender's Game'' featured a scene where Mork from Ork is referenced with [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs as Mork]]. Then the party kills them while telling them to shut up. It doesn't work.
* Frank Caliendo has a very brief Robin Williams impression that he's been known to do. It goes something like "Joke not working, just switch voices." He even did a whole routine where Williams is in a remake of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' starring him (in ''all'' the roles) and directed by Creator/QuentinTarantino.
-->''"And the tornado comes! Sucks up the house, it's in the air, spinning like Barishnikov [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on amphetamines]]-I don't care if you didn't laugh at that joke, ''[[AuthorAppeal I did it just for me!]]''
* The first episode of ''Bob & Doug'' (the animated series about [[Series/{{SCTV}} The McKenzie Brothers]]) had yet another spoof of [[Film/DeadPoetsSociety John Keating]], who does the typical shtick before two police officers show up to take him back to "the home".
-->'''Teacher''': They can't catch me, not while I have this! ''(points to shoe, leaps out the window)'' CARPE DIIIEEEEM!
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** It featured a teacher who thought he was John Keating, telling the class to "seize the day", "carpe diem" and the like. His class assignments are things like "tell 10 people you love them today". The kicker? He's an ''accounting'' teacher.
** There's also a point in that same episode where Jeff is wearing a [[Series/MorkAndMindy Mork]] costume.
---> '''Jeff:''' ''Shazbot!''
* ''Website/TheOnion'' poked fun at him occasionally -- he vanished on a "free association" bender during the shoot of a movie version of ''Series/MyThreeSons'' when his improv got out of hand, and in the book ''Our Dumb Century'' we learn that scientists warned the U.S. government about "encroaching Robin Williams body hair" in the late 1970s.
* When the orcs attack Balin's Tomb in ''Film/TheFellowshipOfTheRing'', the {{Rifftrax}} claims that they're actually something worse-"Morks! Hundreds of Robin Williamses!"-and goes into a brief impression.
* Though he doesn't appear on-panel, ''Webcomic/DorkTower'' had him as a member of The League of Extraordinary [=GentleGamers=][[note]]Along with Creator/WilWheaton, Curt Schilling, and Creator/VinDiesel[[/note]], pestering game store owners about his tabletop gaming characters.
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